ingredients
  • bananas, sliced and frozen 3
  • Almond milk 2 tbsp
  • frozen mixed berries 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla Extract 1 tsp

If you’re looking for a delicious vegan alternative to ice cream, then Nice Cream will become your next favorite! This recipe not only contains no milk, but it’s also much healthier than classic ice cream. Perfect for summer when you need something cool, light, and refreshing. Unlike traditional ice cream, which contains many expensive ingredients, you only need a handful for this Banana Ice Cream recipe: frozen bananas, frozen berries, and almond milk. It’s important to add bananas, as they are the special ingredient to make this Nice Cream ultra-creamy! Not only is it creamy, but it’s also sweet and fruity. You will love this Banana Ice Cream!

What is a Nice Cream?

Nice Cream is also known as a plant-based, healthy ice cream. It’s made by blending fruits with plant-based milk to produce a creamy “ice cream” that’s suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or are lactose intolerant.

How to Freeze Bananas for Nice Cream

Frozen, sliced bananas are the cornerstone of this recipe. Simply slice the bananas in equal sizes and place them flat on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes until frozen. You can now use the frozen bananas in your recipe, or you can transfer the frozen slices to a Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer. Do not transfer fresh bananas straight into the bag, it must be frozen first so that it doesn’t stick to each other.

How to make Nice Cream

This Nice Cream is so much easier to make than the traditional ice cream recipe. Simply blend frozen bananas, frozen fruits of your choice, and a bit of almond milk in a high-speed blender until smooth!

Banana Ice Cream Flavor Ideas

There are so many flavor combinations for this Nice Cream recipe. Try any of the following:

Mint Choc Chip – add 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Chocolate Nice Cream – blend 2 cups frozen bananas, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp almond milk.

Creamy Strawberry – blend 1 cup frozen strawberries with 1 cup frozen bananas and full-fat coconut milk.

Peanut Butter – blend ¼ cup peanut butter, 4 cups frozen bananas, ½ cup almond milk, and 1/3 cup peanut butter.

Coffee – blend 3 frozen bananas, 2 tsp instant coffee, 2 dates, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Mango – substitute the berries in this recipe with chopped frozen mango.

Strawberries – substitute the berries in this recipe with chopped frozen strawberries.

Tips for Banana Ice Cream

The bananas are what give this Nice Cream a creamy consistency. If you don’t have bananas, or cannot eat the banana, you can replace them with chopped mangoes.

These Nice Creams are delicious when served in an ice cream sandwich, or with yummy toppings: rainbow sprinkles, diced nuts, vegan whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and even fresh berries.

How To Store Nice Cream

This Nice Cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months, Thaw for half an hour at room temperature before serving.

Instructions

For the Vanilla Berry Bliss. Place the frozen bananas, almond milk, and vanilla extract in a high-speed blender.

Blend until smooth.

Add the berries and blend again until smooth.

Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

For a Chocolate Nice Cream: Place the frozen bananas, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, and 2 tbsp almond milk in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

Add the 2 tbsp vegan choc chips. 2 tbsp banana chips and 1 tbsp salted peanuts and blend again until smooth.

Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

For the Pistachio Nice Cream: Place the frozen bananas, 2 tbsp almond milk, and ¼ tsp almond extract in a high-speed blender.

Add 1 tsp pistachio powder and 1/3 cup chopped pistachios. Blend until smooth.

Add the berries and blend again until smooth. Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

Notes

To get the perfect “creamy” nice cream, you need a powerful blender that will be able to blend these ingredients until smooth. Otherwise, you’ll be left with pieces of fruit, and it will be chunky instead of creamy.